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« on: June 12, 2009, 05:15 PM »

Something changed on my Dopero when I was out flying last night.  I have flown this kite 3-4 times before, and it had always flown straight, top up.  Last night, it was flying on its left side, even with 24' tails.  The upper bridle attachment on the left side is 1/4 inch lower than the right, otherwise, all things appear to be equal.  I tried shortening the left upper bridle line which should (I believe) bring the left tip in, causing more lift on that side, while allowing the right tip to rise higher, spilling some lift, and make the kite fly towards the right, or more straight up.  It seemed to help a little, but I ran out of wind before I could check it for sure.  Am I on the right track or does anyone have any other ideas?  The instructions for the kite say to shorten or lengthen the lower bridle line.  Would this be better and why? Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009, 12:00 AM »

Changing the lower bridle line will set the angle into the wind lighter or heavier. Shortening it will set the kite heavier (more face to the wind) and will usually produce a little more stability, a lighter setting often causes the kite to wander about a bit. That setting is most often to adjust to wind range.

Your on the right track to check for even lengths, the Dacron lines used in many bridles may stretch over time. Possibly the last time you flew the kite the winds were higher and caused some stretch although it wasn't noticeable at that time due to the increased pressure on the sail, just as if you had set the bridle heavier.

I don't know how your bridle is set up on your particular kite but I usually work on the angle of attack first, getting the kite to fly at a good angle without overflying, then work on right/left balance. On a Dopero I'm not sure if it would be better to adjust right/left on the bottom wing or the top so hopefully somebody with experience will jump in.

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